The mission of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County, Inc. ("I Have A Dream") is to motivate and empower at-risk children from low-income communities (Dreamer Scholars) to reach their educational and career goals by providing a long-term intervention program of mentoring, tutoring, and cultural enrichment. Upon graduation from high school, each Dreamer Scholar is eligible to receive a last-dollar, four-year tuition-assistance scholarship for college or vocational school.
Help us reach our goal of serving more children by sponsoring a Dreamer Scholar! A donation of $250 per month or $3000 per year for ten years will support a child's dream of making it to and through college!
The "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County was founded in 1990 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The program follows the national "I Have A Dream" model established in New York in 1981 by founder Eugene Lang. Once funding is secured, cohorts of approximately 50-80 low-income elementary school children who are deemed at high risk for dropping out of high school are identified with the assistance of local school districts and housing-authority personnel. A learning center is established exclusively for that group to provide comprehensive long-term program support for every child from elementary school through high school. The ultimate goal of "I Have A Dream" is for each Dreamer Scholar to graduate from high school prepared for higher education and/or a fulfilling career.
Since its founding, "I Have A Dream" has grown from one Dreamer Scholar Class consisting of 36 Dreamer Scholars to an organization supporting a total of 15 classes and 780 low-income youth and their families; more than 3,000 individuals.
Currently "I Have A Dream" supports 13 year-round cohorts of students in Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, and Frederick assisting these Dreamer Scholars throughout their educational career. Our success is dependent on community financial support, volunteerism, and partnerships with individuals and organizations in our community.
"IHDF gave me and my family opportunities to be successful in achieving our
goals and finding our place in this community. IHDF is the reason why I have a
bachelor's degree from an excellent university. I'm especially grateful for that since
I'm the first in my family to achieve that dream."
- Brian R., Iris Dreamer Class Graduate of 2015
"The Dreamer (Scholars) program has helped me a lot. It's helped me in school over the past five years, and also on a personal level. This program gives you a lot of opportunities that some people wish they had. If you are a Dreamer Scholar, take those opportunities that they give you, and be thankful."
- Valentin G., Casa Dreamer Scholar Alum
"With IHDF's support, I was able to intern early and secure my dream job in marketing right out of college. I hope to make my way to the C-suite of a marketing agency or be an entrepreneur, starting my own firm."
- Sushant G., Iris Dreamer Alum Class of 2015